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August 11, 2020  

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Hello there!

You ever have a night in which no matter what you do, you can't fall asleep? I do.  Occasionally I'll find myself ruminating about whatever issue has popped up (as issues do) and it keeps me from getting any sleep. We've all been there. Reintegrating into society is alone enough to cause the kind of anxiety that results in restless nights let alone all the other pressures of life. 

My guest today, Sondra Kornblatt, has a rather unique way of approaching these nights and I hope by listening to her you can find a way to get some rest on those nights when you're tossing and turning. One of the books she's written, Restful Insomnia, addresses this issue and and Sondra shared some of her techniques with us in our interview.

Check out my chat with Sondra Kornblatt on this episode.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

July 31, 2020  

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Hello !

My guest today, Rhonda Farrah, is said to have many years experience as an educational counselor and psychotherapist. Rhonda is now an empowerment coach that has the kind of perspective we seek when looking for help with our reintegration. She's a felon. Rhonda knows exactly what we're going through because she's been there. 

Join me for my chat with Rhonda as we discuss life after prison. I'm sure you'll find something you can use in your reintegration.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

July 26, 2020  

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Welcome!

My Guest this week is Bracha Goetz. Bracha is most known for the dozens of children's books she's written. I think there are 36 of them. However, we're going to be speaking to Bracha about addictions. She has written a book for adults called (click for Bracha's book) Looking For God In The Garbage. Bracha addresses beating a food addiction and and explains that the way she did it can be useful in addressing all sorts of addictions. This is where our path crosses with Bracha Goetz.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

June 27, 2020  

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Hello!

I hope your're coping with whatever strangeness has come your way because of our new....whatever this is. Transitioning from incarceration to the real world is challenging enough without this bizarre Covid 19 curve ball. Let's keep moving forward!

Sometimes, problems we experience can have their roots in our childhood. If we can find the trauma,  we can address it and work through it. My guest this week is retired psychiatrist Anne Redelfs. Anne has very important information for us to consider regarding past trauma and the way that trauma, when left unaddressed, can affect us in adulthood.

Join me for my conversation with Anne on this episode of the podcast.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

May 31, 2020  

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Welcome,

Despite this bizarre time, we still need to pay our bills and buy groceries. In fact, there are ex-offenders that were in the middle of a job search when this all began. So, I thought we could talk a little about job searches on this episode. 

Covid-19 and the riots don't stop our lives! We have to keep moving forward. 

I found a great site that has some very good job related information for ex-offenders. The site is called Career One Stop. The site is sponsored by the United States Department of Labor. 

On this episode I point out a few items that jumped out at me and i encourage you to look at the site and read through their excellent material. 

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

May 15, 2020  

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Hello!

I hope everyone is staying safe. My guest this week is gentleman by the name of Nelson Dacier. In Nelson's story we find a man who went from being an attorney to a convicted felon. Today, he's turned it all around and he is a counselor and an author. What we want to know is if there are any tidbits of his overcoming adversity we can use in our journey to overcome the adversities we face. Join me for my chat with Nelson Dacier. 

Google Nelson to learn more about him and find his book.

If God is for you, who can be against you?

 

April 20, 2020  

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Hello!

On this Episode, Robert Galinsky calls in from New York. Robert was on the show back in 2017 and it was certainly time to catch up.  Robert has a long list of achievements and accomplishments in theater, as an author, and is active in speaking out on justice related causes. The latter is where our paths cross. Robert has a lot of good information available with a simple google search! Since he's experiencing the nightmare that is currently happening in New York, we spent a little bit of time talking about that as well.

Join me for my conversation with Robert Galinsky on this week's episode.

If God is for us who can be against us? 

March 30, 2020  

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Hello Everyone!

Hopefully you're staying safe! On this episode I take a look at our situation and pass on a few thoughts I have about it all.

There were 3 major pandemics in the 20th century. The 1918 Spanish Flu, the 1957 Asian Flu, and the 1968 Hong Kong Flu took a huge toll on life in the United States. These numbers are approximate but generally agreed upon to be close: Spanish Flu - 195,000, Asian Flu - 116,000, Hong Kong Flu - 100,000. I had no idea that many lives were lost in the United States to those pandemics. It looks like this could be a pandemic that has those kinds of numbers in the United States.

Wash you hands 15 times a day! Social Distancing! Stay Home as much as possible! 

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

March 6, 2020  

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Welcome!

Faust Ruggiero is my guest this week. Faust is an author and a therapist and has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings over a 40 year period. In this episode, I spoke with Faust to get his ideas on integration and how we as ex-offenders can work through the adversity in ways in which we experience peace and being content.  Check out my interview with Faust!

Faust Ruggiero

If god is for you, who can be against you?

February 29, 2020  

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My guest this week, Kam Knight, has written several books in the area of mental performance. He calls himself a "mind expert", and is going to be giving us his thoughts on how we can control our thoughts and decisions. Being able to do this in various situations under a variety of stress factors is obviously important. But honestly, can you say you're able to do this 100% of the time? Join me for my conversation with Kam Knght on this week's episode.

If God is for you who can be against you?

February 16, 2020  

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Hello Everyone!

My guest today is named Melissa Snow. Melissa Snow is a life coach that has a lot to say on the topic of relationships. More specifically, Melissa Snow is versed in relationships in which one partner has a felony conviction. These relationships have an extra bit of strain on them. Melissa speaks from experience and identifies what these strains are and how to handle them. This is an important episode for those of us dealing with the ongoing processes involved with reintegration. 

I really liked the things Melissa had to say in our interview and I'm positive you'll get something out of our chat.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

 

January 27, 2020  

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Hello!

I came home from prison in 2008. I was gone for 7 years and 11 months. There were instantaneously recognizable changes along with some surprise about things that hadn't changed. I've been home 12 years and off paper since 2010 when my sentence discharged. 

This journey after incarceration is ever changing and hopefully an ever growing experience. Even after these 12 years, I'm still learning how to adjust. Every once in a while the big "x" on back turns neon and flashes in new situations for which I hadn't really anticipated. I had one of those experiences recently and I want to share it with you in the hope that it's something you can relate to. 

I was certain that I was being screwed with by the DPS worker that was supposed to be renewing my driver's license because of my felony conviction. Turns out, I was wrong....

Join me as I discuss this experience and how it has changed me for the better.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

January 2, 2020  

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Happy New Year everyone!

On the podcast this time around I interview David Essel. David loves to share his ideas and in our chat he was able to convey his thoughts about moving forward after incarceration. He has a long history as a successful life coach and author. After the interview, be sure to check out David's internet presence and to locate his books on all of the popular platforms.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

December 21, 2019  

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Hello and Merry Christmas!

Over the years, I've had many, many, many people ask to be on my little podcast. Out of the 190 whatever episodes, only a handful don't have a guest. The reason for that has always been the abundance of people wanting to come on the podcast. It is for that reason that I have almost never had anyone on twice. It's happened before but only a couple of times. 

My guest this week is an exception to the rule. John Vespacian is a returning guest. He has an excellent point of view and applies his life experiences to describe how to navigate life's hurdles. He's the author of several books and he presents his information in a concise manner that simply makes sense. 

John called in from the Netherlands for our chat so there is a minor delay in our question/answer. Check out my interview with John Vespacian on this week's podcast. 

If God is for you, who can be against you? 

 

November 21, 2019  

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Hello Everyone! 

My guest this time around is Aquarius Abye. Aquarius contacted me about a book he's writing and his desire to share the things he's learned since doing 14 years state time in California. He's got a great story about how he was able to put his destructive past behind him and work toward a full and productive future. 

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

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